Stenhousemuir will take on the Second Division pace-setters on Saturday without two of their most experienced central defenders.
Scott Buist will be absent for at least four weeks after picking up an injury whilst club captain Ross McMillan is suspended for three matches after being sent off against East Fife.
It leaves a gaping hole in the heart of the Warriors defence and comes at the worst possible time for Martyn Corrigan as his side prepare for the trip to Queen of the South, a team that sit top of the league and remain unbeaten.
Under the leadership of former Rangers, Sunderland and Kilmarnock winger Alan Johnston, the Dumfries club have won seven of their eight league games and are currently nine points clear of Stenhousemuir.
But Corrigan remains upbeat about his team’s chances and insists that they are still capable of getting a result at Palmerston Park.
Stenhousemuir played Stirling Albion and Clyde in bounce games on Thursday and Saturday in a bid to keep the players focused during the international break.
“We’re looking good,” Corrigan told Heraldsport. “I’m a big believer that when things are going well you have to keep working hard.
“Obviously, the loss of Scott and Ross is a massive blow for us. We only have a small squad, but we do have players who are capable of stepping into their roles and doing a job. The bounce games last week allowed us to try out a few things and try players in different positions.”
The on-loan Lee Kilday and Iain Thomson are two likely candidates to fill the defensive breach.
Eric Paton will be in the squad but is unlikely to be in the starting line-up.